How to make fake coconuts

Written by tracy moore | 13/05/2017
How to make fake coconuts
Make your own faux coconuts through paper mache. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Decorating for birthday parties, BBQs or Hawaiian parties doesn't have to be expensive. For just a few dollars and some quality time, you can make your own unique and creative decorations. Using paper mache coconuts can make your party a hit. Kids will love using them for coconut bowling. You can even make them mini pinatas filled with candy and toys.

Things you need

  • Balloons

  • Newspaper

  • Flour

  • Water

  • Brown Paint

  • Paint brush

  • Mixing Spoon

  • Knife

  • Dried grass

Blow up as many balloons as you need for your desired number of coconuts. Blow balloons only up to the size of coconuts you wish.

Mix 1 part flour with 1 part water with mixing spoon. For instance if using 1 cup of flour, mix with 1 cup of water.

Cut some old newspaper into 2 inch strips.

Dip newspaper into the flour-water mix.

Place on balloon, covering completely, about two layers thick and let dry. Drying time usually takes 24 hours, sometimes a bit longer if you have heavier layers.

Once the paper mache is dried, poke a sharp thin object, such as steak knife, through to pop the balloon inside. Be careful not to make too big of a hole.

Collect dried grass and saturate them with the flour-water mix. Then place on balloon. Let dry overnight.

Paint your coconuts brown and let dry at least 4 hours.

Tips

  • Adding a couple tablespoons of salt with help the paper mache not to mould, if you choose to keep them for a while.

Tips and Warnings

  • Adding a couple tablespoons of salt with help the paper mache not to mould, if you choose to keep them for a while.

Things you need

  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Brown Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Knife
  • Dried grass

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